Ombudsman files more PDAF cases vs ex-congressman

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 26 2017 10:18 PM

MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman filed Thursday another set of cases against former La Union 2nd District Rep. Thomas Dumpit Jr. over the alleged misuse of about P14.5 million in public funds. 

The Ombudsman charged Dumpit with graft, malversation, and malversation through falsification of public documents in connection to 2 allotment release orders worth P13.095 and P1.455 million for alleged livelihood projects for farmers. 

The projects were implemented by non-government organization Kasangga sa Magandang Bukas Foundation Inc. (KMBFA) and government agency National Agri-business Corporation (Nabcor). 

The Ombudsman, in its charge sheet, said Dumpit “unilaterally chose and requested” KMBFI without public bidding and contrary to the Government Procurement Act. 

The projects turned out to be non-existent, the Ombudsman added. 

Also charged by the Ombudsman were KMBFI chief financial officer Marilou Antonio, Nabcor president Alan Javellana, director Rhodora Mendoza, and general service unit heads Romulo Relevo and Ma. Julie Johnson. 

The Office of the Ombudsman earlier charged Dumpit with 2 sets of charges totaling 16 counts of graft, 10 counts of malversation through falsification of public documents and 7 counts of malversation involving NGOs Aaron Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (AFPI) and Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation (KKMFI).